Frozen San Antonio to Sunny Del Rio, TX (Feb 7 2014)

San Antonio’s frozen over. This is not Chicago, used to sub-zero temps, snow, ice and misery. Schools are cancelled, roads shut off. This trip has had many “firsts” for us but the world is also going through a wacky winter. Winter Olympics venue Sochi doesn’t have enough snow. Jay Leno had his last show – again – last night. Superbowl was a total dud. And, of course, the crazy weather everywhere.

Big Dog thinks we’ll get to some place warm enough to actually camp and in anticipation has found a Vista Cruiser dealer here to get some things checked out.

On the inner-city freeway, there’s icy rain. Ice forms across the windshield. Most of the guys at the RV place look frozen, too, except for one who has moved here from Minnesota. They show us how the lights works, how the generator starts and, most importantly, how the furnace works!

DSC01719.JPGAs Sprockets rolls west, the weather gets better and the landscape becomes more desert/scrubland…and soon there is sunshine.

A sign on the road to Del Rio warns you “Do not pick up hitchhikers. They may be escaped convicts.” What’s wrong with Texas prison security? Are convicts running amok here? Or was the sign just a smart way to discourage drivers from picking up hitchhikers?

Del Rio is a busy crossroads and border town, as well as an air force base town. All of these major towns near the US-Mexico border have secondary checkpoints for immigration and there is one a few miles out of Del Rio, towards San Antonio.

It’s still quite nippy – downright cold for Del Rio – but the forecast is promising so we go to a shopping center to stock up on camp food and other supplies. DSC01718.JPG

Then, to “Oriental Cuisine” for dinner.

“No mystery there!”

“No imagination, either.”

They make up for their lack of imagination in restaurant names with some overly creative takes on Chinese, Japanese and Korean food but the place is packed with an even mix of military and Hispanic people.

“At least it’s better than Panda Express,” says Big Dog.

“And much better than some of the Mexican and Guatemalan Chinese restaurants,” I add, stuffing myself on broccoli and green beans.

Tomorrow, temps are supposed to go up into the 70’s! Woo hoo!

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Author: ontheroadwithsprockets

I've been traveling since I was born -- the first big trip was before I was two, across the Pacific, from my native Japan to Los Angeles on a cargo ship. There have been many journeys since then, through many continents and cultures.

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